Canadian Antisemitism Education Foundation (CAEF) is a registered Canadian charitable organization, which was incorporated in 2004, and operated as Speakers Action Group until 2019. For two decades, CAEF has provided Canadians with programs to bridge understanding across ethno-racial and faith communities, to see the humanity in all, and to confront discrimination.
Today, there is a new form of antisemitism in many countries and it is well documented in the language of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)'s working definition of antisemitism. The new definition points to the double standard being applied to Israel alone among all the nations of the world -- judging everything the Jewish country does through a distorted prism. Antisemites try to demonize Israel with false claims of apartheid, when in fact it is the only country in the Middle East and North Africa, Iran included, in which women, gays, and minorities are equal before the law, have equal rights of citizenship and are represented in all aspects of society.
The denigration and de-legitimization of Israel and Israelis follows the pattern invoked by the Nazis in Germany, which they spread across the countries they conquered: first denigrate with words, then isolate and delegitimize, and finally destroy. Well, Israel will not be isolated or destroyed, and the words used by our enemies will be countered with facts and with truth.
That is our Mission. We invite you to join us.
The CAEF organization is overseen by a Board of Directors comprised of dedicated volunteers who devote time to promote programs of tolerance, interfaith education -- combatting antisemitism and racism, and enhancing cross-cultural awareness. A volunteer Steering Committee helps to deliver the programs that address our mission.
Irving Weisdorf, President
Irving is a graduate in Political Science and Economics from the University of Toronto. His studies took him to both France and Mexico, following which he spent three years in Israel. On return to Canada he started his own business, but maintained his connections with and love for Israel.
In 2013, Irving began to be concerned about the very negative public opinion that was battering Israel from seemingly all sides. He engaged a Jerusalem PR firm to help put together a plan that might help turn the tide, and began The Mozuud Freedom Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, to help do that. Subsequently, he took over as President & CEO of the Canadian Antisemitism Education Foundation. Today, the two organizations are focused on AntiZionism -- the new Antisemitism, along with Debunking the Palestinian myth of the Occupation.
Joan Shapero, Vice President
Lloyd Duckman, Treasurer
Lloyd Duckman, a Chartered Accountant, worked in the commercial and financial services sectors until retirement in 2015. Lloyd has become extremely involved in supporting Israel from both a faith perspective and an historical one. His father’s family were Lubavitchers who experienced pogroms in Russia, while his mother’s family were in Canada for over 130 years.
Lloyd has served as volunteer Treasurer for several years and does so for several NGOs. He is committed to CAEF, and debunking the occupation lie, and hoping for peace between Israel and the Arab Palestinians. He sees the task as “keeping our Jewish people together, safe and strong, practicing our unique religion.”
Sean Egan, at large
Sean was born in Toronto, and grew up in Winnipeg. He has a B.Sc. and PhD from the University of Manitoba. He did a postdoctoral fellowship at the Whitehead Institute/MIT and then spent a year studying in London, England at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund/London Research Institute before joining SickKids Hospital in 1993 as a research scientist.
Sean’s work is focused on identifying the network of mutations that cooperate to induce cancer in cells from several organs. design combination therapies, which should be more effective than single agent therapy. His personal interests include studying history, specifically the history of the Jewish people, for as he states, “I am not Jewish, but I find their story to be inspiring.”
Sean is an active member of the Board of Directors and the Steering Committee of CAEF.
Carrie Katz, at large
Carrie Katz was president of both Ort Toronto and Ort Canada.
A former Montrealer, she was the founding member of Montreal Career Women’s Network as well as co-chair of Taste of the Nation.
Carrie was co owner of Origami Plus.
Shirley Anne Haber, Emeritus
Andria Spindel, M.S.W., LLD, Honoris Causa, joined the organization in January 2019, to provide professional services in governance and management. Andria has over 40 years experience as an executive in nonprofit charitable organizations and will help develop a strategic direction for the organization, enhance board development, and work with our Steering Committee and other committees to bring interesting and innovative programs to our community.
Daniel Bordman, Graduate from Queens University in Psychology, a stand-up comedian, and a writer for Post Millennial, Daniel provides public relations and media relations support to programs, and technical support (which only a millennial can do).
Fighting antisemitism and other ethnic hatreds through education has been the overarching mission since CAEF’s inception in 2004. This is addressed by presenting expert speakers for public and for private events. Speakers cover a host of topics, from the history of the Jewish state and the legal rights of the Jewish people, to free speech, the rule of law, persecution of minorities, and the Palestinian Arab lies about an “Occupation” – sometimes referring to the West Bank and sometimes referring to all of Israel.
CANADIANS FOR ISRAEL'S LEGAL RIGHTS (CILR)
CILR was founded in 2009 by the late Salomon Benzimra and Goldi Steiner, to educate Jewish youth and the general public about Israel’s Legal Rights under International Law. This effort has been ongoing ever since, and includes the publication and dissemination of a short expert book, The Jewish People’s Rights to the Land of Israel, by projects in Israel, a regular bulletin and various events. In 2019, CILR joined CAEF as an ongoing project.
Goldi Steiner, CILR Founder and Co-Chair, and Project Manager
Prior to co-founding CILR with the late Salomon Benzimra, Goldi was on the board of directors of the Canadian Society for Yadvashem, and co-chair of the Education Committee which sent teachers to the International School of Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem. She was a catalyst for the Yad Vashem Memorial erected at the Earl Bales Park, and chaired the Wallenberg Memorial Committee.
In 2010 Goldi co-organized the 90th Commemoration of the San Remo Conference with the European Coalition for Israel’s Tomas Sandel. The same year she attended the inauguration in Washington of the Friends of Israel Initiative.
For the past ten years Goldi has been devoted to educating students and the public in general about Israel’s Legal Rights, arming them with tools to fight Antisemitism, and to stand up against the mounting ‘occupation’ and other lies.
CANADIANS FOR BALFOUR 100 (CFB100)
CFB 100's mission, leading up to and following the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration on November 2, 2017, was to join with like-minded groups to educate the world - and, particularly Jewish youth - about the irrefutable legal rights that emerged from the Balfour Declaration as incorporated in the San Remo agreement and the Mandate for Palestine, notwithstanding the implacable distortion of history by those bent on the destruction of the Jewish State. This projected resulted in the dramatization of the history of the Jewish people, in a musical theatrical production - The Reality of the Impossible Dream, that was presented several times in Toronto.
CAEF provides guest speakers for lectures, panel discussions, seminars and conferences, as part of events coordinated by CAEF or in partnership with other organizations. CAEF can provide speakers for small or large groups, be they faith or cultural organizations, educational, business, or small study groups in the Greater Toronto Area or surrounding communities.
Contact us to discuss how CAEF can contribute to your event. Past events have featured internationally recognized experts such as Dr. Mordechai Kedar, The Honourable Irwin Cotler, Dr. Martin Sherman, Melanie Philips, Leo Adler, Dr. Salim Mansur, Raheel Raza, Dr. Asaf Romirowsky and Dr. Renan Levine. Topics ranged from assaults on our Western values, to the media and Antisemitism, Middle East issues in Iran, Egypt, Syria and Turkey, and issues affecting Human Rights in Canada as well as current challenges. In 2018, Dr. Martin Sherman gave two talks, addressing the myth of Palestinian Peoplehood, and the Humanitarian Option for resolving the conflict between Israel and its Arab residents in Judea and Samaria.
In 2019, Dr. Mordechai Kedar gave several lectures and presented a workshop to volunteers interested in strategies for confronting the lies about Israel. Drs. Romirowsky and Levine provided 3 dialogue programs on the topic about AntiZionism = Antisemitism, the Israeli electoral system and current stalemate, and on Support for Israel in the Partisan Era.
CAEF also partners with Jewish and non-Jewish organizations to present important ideas, respond to current events, and celebrate Israel and the Zionist project.
CAEF comments on issues of today. affecting the Jewish people and the State of Israel, and produces regular Bulletins to share with subscribers, donors and friends. Bulletins and other information are posted on our website. (Note, the website is currently under review and being updated.)
CAEF advocates for truth and fairness in responding to information about Israel in policies of governments and in the public square. From time to time, CAEF may issue a petition to bring an issue forward. We remain non-partisan.